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Despite the dismal current trends of women’s education in India, with a 57% ​​dropout rate for high school girls, 99% of Shadhika Scholars remained in college and 100% of Scholars scheduled to graduate in 2021 are on track to obtain their degrees on time.

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What Really Goes Into Fighting Gender Injustice?

June 23, 2022

Reading Time: 4 minutes “I want to send my daughter to college but my family wants me to marry her off soon so she won’t be a burden on the family. I don’t have money to take care of her, so I don’t know what to do. I can’t let her dreams be cut short so soon either,” said   

Gender Injustice is Chronic Trauma

April 25, 2022

Reading Time: 3 minutes Around the world, women and girls are leading in crisis response.  The Muslim female students are standing up for their right to an education at a time when religious violence reaches new heights in India.  Women are leading in the humanitarian response to the war in Ukraine, galvanizing their communities to meet the needs of   

When She Leads: Lekha & Tasmiah

March 31, 2022

Reading Time: 11 minutes This interview is part of our When She Leads Series. Learn more here. Can you introduce yourself to the Shadhika supporters? Lekha: My name is Lekha Masoudi and I’m a senior at Phillips Exeter Academy, a boarding school in New Hampshire. I’ve lived in Denver, Colorado since I was a baby. I started the Shadhika Club along   

No School Safety = No Gender Justice

March 22, 2022

Reading Time: 4 minutes Shadhika’s theory of change is centered around education as the most effective vehicle for people marginalized on the basis of their gender to move out of chronic disenfranchisement and towards self-determination.  In one generation, a young woman with a college degree in India is more likely to find a job in the formal economy and   

When She Leads: Nirashi, Puja, Sumitra

March 16, 2022

Reading Time: 9 minutes This interview is part of our When She Leads: Shadhika Scholar collection. Learn more. Nirashi, Puja, and Sumitra are Shadhika Scholars from our Partner Site Jabala in Jharkhand. They were interviewed by Director of Operations Kendra Nicolai and Digital Media Coordinator Vanita Ganesh. Hi everyone! Can you introduce yourself to our Shadhika readers? Namaste, my name is   

Allyship is Transformation Upstream

February 26, 2022

Reading Time: 4 minutes Over the last two years, the world has gone through a profound collective reckoning and is now undergoing a paradigm shift as a result, and Shadhika is setting a new course for its work. Starting back in July 2021, the organization began a strategic refresh that will culminate with the introduction of a new strategic   

The Practice of Hope

January 27, 2022

Reading Time: 4 minutes The start of a new year traditionally holds so much promise and hope for positive change. It is the usual time to set intentions, resolutions, and new habits to take on a world of endless possibilities.  As the world enters a third year of global pandemic, it feels like there is little room for hope.   

Looking Back and Looking Forward: Shadhika’s Board Chair Transition

January 26, 2022

Reading Time: < 1 minutes Despite a devastating pandemic and the challenges it brought, Shadhika has had an amazing (and inspiring) journey over the last few years. Diane Sigel has been a stalwart of Shadhika’s mission through the most turbulent of times, including an executive transition and a global pandemic. We are deeply grateful for Diane’s service and leadership as   

Introducing The Shadhika Advisory Council

Reading Time: 4 minutes As we kickstart our activities and goals for what’s shaping to be another exciting and strong year, Shadhika is excited to introduce the new Advisory Council who will support us in the fight for gender justice and empowerment and reaffirm our feminist values and human rights approach. Dipta Bhog has worked on gender and education